What is Hypnobirthing?
Hypnobirthing is a complete birth preparation program that teaches self hypnosis, relaxation, breathing and visualisation techniques to achieve a calm, gentle non medicated natural birth for your baby.
Who is Hypnobirthing suitable for?
Hypnobirthing is suitable for first time mums and mums who’ve had babies before. Hypnobirthing helps women who are scared of birth because they’ve never done it before, who are anxious because of a bad experience last time, or who just want a calmer, easier, more natural birth experience. If you’re pregnant, and looking for an alternative to the over-medicalised, pain-is-inevitable mindset, then Hypnobirthing is for you.
Will I be ‘out of it’ if I use Hypnobirthing?
No, absolutely not. With Hypnobirthing (in fact, virtually all hypnosis), you are aware of what is going on around you but you can just ‘tune out’ the distractions.
I’m scared of hypnosis and hypnotherapy. Is Hypnobirthing safe?
Hypnosis is 100% safe and nothing to be scared of. Unfortunately TV, film and stage portrayal of hypnosis has left a lot of people with a mistaken view of what hypnosis is, and what it can (and can’t) do. During Hypnobirthing practice, your self hypnosis element will simply be characterised by a state of deep relaxation practised by listening to guided meditations.
Can you guarantee a completely pain-free labour and birth?
No. There are many factors that can affect a birth, some of which are outside our control. Also as with any childbirth preparation class, the success of the techniques is related to the amount of practice you put in. However as a guide, we find that around 65-70% of Hypnobirthing mums don’t need any form of pain relief. Nearly all the mums in this category simply don’t experience any pain – just pressure. Around a further 20-25% only require something mild, like gas and air. The remaining 5-10% usually fall into what we call ’special circumstances’, where medical intervention is required. However, the Hypnobirthing mums still tell us that it really helped – even if they were induced, or ended up with a caesarean.
Please also remember that the focus of Hypnobirthing is not necessarily to have a pain-free birth (although that is possible). It is to have a calmer, easier, more comfortable birth where you are in control and in a way that most mirrors nature.
When and where do Hypnobirthing classes run?
Please refer to the Hypnobirthing page for more information.
Do classes run in groups or just individual couples?
Classes are designed to run in groups and many of our couples prefer the support and friends they make in a group, but it can also be run as a private course.
When should I start the course?
The best time to start Hypnobirthing classes is somewhere between 25-30 weeks and the success of the course is strongly linked to how much practice you put in. However, provided you can finish the course before you give birth, its never too late to start and can only benefit you. Hypnobirthing classes book up well in advance, so don’t leave it too late and make sure you find a practitioner you feel comfortable with.
Does my partner have to attend the classes?
Ideally your birthing companion would attend all of the classes with you however if this is not possible it should not put you off attending. It is important that you practice together at home as much as possible. You can choose whoever you want your birthing companion to be however I would strongly recommend that the father takes this role as it is a wonderful experience and helps to form a lasting bond with baby.